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Eyewitness Guide Naples & Amalfi Coast

Eyewitness Guide Naples & Amalfi Coast

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Covering Naples, Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the Amalfi coast, this superb guide focuses on culture, history and art. (ITL107, $25.00)

La Bella Figura, A Field Guide to the Italian Mind

La Bella Figura, A Field Guide to the Italian Mind

by Beppe Severgnini

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

Italians themselves love this guide to the Italian character, which addresses their never-ending passion for beauty, disorder and high emotion. Severgnini opens the book with a snapshot of the hubbub at Malpensa Airport, then moves on to Tuscany, Rome, Naples and Sardinia. (ITL718, $15.00)

Italy, Monuments Past and Present

Italy, Monuments Past and Present

by R.A. Staccioli

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2003
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 78 PAGES

This informative volume shows Italy's most important monuments as they look today and, via overlaid illustrations, as they were once upon a time. The book surveys the history and archeological highlights of Pompeii, Rome and Sicily. (ITL455, $25.00)

Sorrento Peninsula & Amalfi Coast Map

Sorrento Peninsula & Amalfi Coast Map

by Litographia Artistica Cartographica

  • MAP

A detailed road map of the Sorrento Peninsula and Amalfi Coast, including Pompeii, Nocera and Salerno, with an inset map of Capri at a scale of 1:35,000, showing hiking trails, tracks, historic buildings and attractions. With travel information on the reverse. (ITL432, $12.95)

 

Ischia/Capri Map


by Instituto Geografico De Agostini

  • MAP

A map of both Capri and Ischia at a scale of 1:28,000. (ITL500, $6.95)

Naples Map

Naples Map


by Touring Club Italiano

  • 2013
  • MAP

One in a series by Touring Club Italiano. (ITL280, $13.95)

Fodor's Naples' 25 Best

Fodor's Naples' 25 Best


by Michael Buttler

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

This shirt-pocket guide includes a map of the city and essential information on its highlights (ITL594, $11.99)

My Love for Naples

My Love for Naples


by Anna Teresa Callen

  • FOOD
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A celebration of Neapolitan traditions and cooking, featuring 16 color plates and 250 recipes covering both the obscure and familiar, including buffalo mozzeralla, pizza and minestrone. (ITL869, $35.00)

Passion on the Vine, A Memoir of Food, Wine, and Family in the Heart of Italy

Passion on the Vine, A Memoir of Food, Wine, and Family in the Heart of Italy


by Sergio Esposito

  • FOOD
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Esposito writes warmly of his many sojourns in his native land as a child, wine merchant and connoisseur in this celebratory memoir. (ITL953, $14.95)

Between Salt Water and Holy Water, A History of Southern Italy

Between Salt Water and Holy Water, A History of Southern Italy


by Tommaso Astarita

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Astarita captures the fanfare, rivalry and changing fortunes of Sicily from antiquity through Norman, Spanish and Bourbon rule to unification and the 20th century. (ITL597, $22.95)

Pompeii, Public and Private Life

Pompeii, Public and Private Life


by Paul Zanker | Deborah Schneider

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 250 PAGES

A comprehensive guide to the architecture, people and culture of Pompeii, focusing on both grand public spaces and private villas. With 21 color illustrations and 55 halftones, including site plans, models, mosaics and sculpture. (ITL114, $35.00)

Vesuvius A.D. 79

Vesuvius A.D. 79


by Giovanni Patricelli | Ernesto De Carolis

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 124 PAGES

An illustrated account of the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius drawing on science, report, literature and folklore. (ITL568, $29.95)

Herculaneum: Italy's Buried Treasure

Herculaneum: Italy's Buried Treasure


by Joseph Jay Deiss

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 222 PAGES

An artful and wonderfully written description of the daily life of the Romans at the time of the destruction of Herculaneum. (ITL41, $19.95)

Falling Palace, A Romance of Naples

Falling Palace, A Romance of Naples


by Dan Hofstadter

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A lyrical account of an American man in Naples who falls under the spell of the city and of an enchanting Neapolitan woman. (ITL763, $13.95)

Italian Days

Italian Days


by Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 479 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Grizzuti Harrison writes with warmth and depth of her journey from Milan south to Calabria in this sprightly account of Italy and the Italians. (ITL02, $16.00)

Naples '44, A World War II Diary of Occupied Italy

Naples '44, A World War II Diary of Occupied Italy


by Norman Lewis

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 187 PAGES

A classic book by one of the 20th century's great travel writers. Naples '44 is funny and moving, and ultimately a meditation on war and the indomitable character of the Italian people. (ITL603, $14.95)

The Ancient Shore

The Ancient Shore


by Shirley Hazzard

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

Hazzard's lyrical collection of essays on the history, beauty, complexities and contradictions of Naples. Includes a celebrated New Yorker essay by husband Francis Steegmuller. (ITL967, $13.00)

Cosi Fan Tutti

Cosi Fan Tutti


by Michael Dibdin

  • MYSTERY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 247 PAGES

Romantic entanglements complicate the investigation of a murder in Naples in this installment of the enjoyable series. (ITL623, $14.95)

Pompeii, A Novel

Pompeii, A Novel


by Robert Harris

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES
  • YOUNG ADULTS

In this fast-paced historical novel set in Pompeii, a young engineer sets out to repair the Roman aqueducts and discovers the imminent eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Full of suspense and historical detail. (ITL560, $15.00)

Sailing to Capri

Sailing to Capri


by Elizabeth Adler

  • MYSTERY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Bestselling author Adler weaves a suspenseful tale of a cruise, where nothing is what it seems, no one is telling the truth, and murder happens. (ITL965, $15.99)

The House in Amalfi

The House in Amalfi


by Elizabeth Adler

  • MYSTERY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Master of suspense and romance, Adler deftly intertwines lush descriptions of place with fast-paced intrigue in her 16th novel. (ITL966, $6.99)

The Seven Sisters

The Seven Sisters


by Margaret Drabble

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Sparks fly in this lovely novel, when Candida not only leaves her husband and moves into gritty London but also organizes a trip to Naples with her aging girlfriends to see the city that Virgil describes in the Aeneid. Takes the form of a diary with half in London and half in Naples. (ITL572, $18.95)

The Volcano Lover, A Romance

The Volcano Lover, A Romance


by Susan Sontag

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 419 PAGES

A steamy and evocative historical novel by social critic Sontag, set in 18th-century Naples. The sweeping story focuses on the British Ambassador to the King in Naples, his passionate and notorious love, and her infatuation with Lord Nelson. (ITL143, $17.00)

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